Remember that the last word on our Close To God Alphabet was ZANY? We're going to practice that in the church season that runs from this coming Sunday, November 29, until Thursday December 24. It's called ADVENT.
The word "Advent" basically means, "the coming." You could say something like, "I don't know how we kept in touch with people before the advent of the cell phone."
In this case, Advent refers to the coming of Jesus. We celebrate that every year in the weeks before Christmas, when we celebrate his birth. If company is coming to your house for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years, your family probably does a lot to prepare, right? Even if nobody's going to visit, you all get ready for those holidays in your home, or you pack for a trip to visit someone else in theirs.
When we're in getting-ready-for-the-holidays mode, we sometimes forget that we also need to be preparing for Jesus to come, once again, as he does every year when the candles are lit and the beautiful Christmas songs are sung and the kids (including you!) take part in the Nativity scene.
We're not just talking about getting ready for the Christmas pageant or the candlelight service or the reading of the Gospel of Luke. We're talking about getting ready for Jesus himself, inside of us. With every Christmas, the opening up and letting him in gets wider and deeper.
If we do it on purpose.
Yeah, it doesn't just "happen" because Christmas is special. It happens because we take time to really think about what it all means, to us, as individual mini-women. Sounds kind of serious and somber, doesn't it?
This is the Tween You and Me Blog we're talking about here. Preparing for Jesus to come into us a little further should be awesome! I mean, really, how great is this? Why would we do it by walking around telling people they shouldn't write letters to Santa or sing about a red-nosed reindeer? Here on our blog, we're going to prepare with big ol' grins on our faces. We're going to do some fun activities. We're going to prepare in joy.
If you want to join us, tell us in a comment, "I'm in for Advent!" We won't add a lot of time-consuming stuff to this already busy time. What we do you'll be able to weave into the rest of your life. You'll see.
Next, open your Talking To God Journal out flat so you have two blank pages side by side. On that double page, create a calendar that goes from November 29 to December 24. Decorate it however you want to. The official church colors for Advent are purple and pink, but use whatever gives you joy. Of course, if you want you can take a picture of it and email it to me, and I will absolutely post it here on the blog.
I will post again on November 30. In the meantime, have an awesome Thanksgiving, U.S. girls. Those of you in Canada and Australia and all the other countries around the world, we give thanks for you too.